Polaris, the North Star, is a standard waypoint that has been used by navigators for centuries. Pole stars are excellent waypoints, because their position in the sky appears fixed: the North Star will always appear in the north (unless you're at the North Pole, where it appears directly overhead).

Photograph by Mel Garrett, MyShot

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